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Headlight Problem

Ok guys Rock is having another problem. Here it is.

I was driving home and both of my headlights were out. I went up and smacked them a few times and they both went on. Then the drivers side one went off. So i had to drive home with my brights on. When i got home and turned my brights off, both of the lights were off. So i smacked them again and they turned on. Is the bulb dying, or is some wiring going bad or something?

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Old 12-03-2003, 04:43 PM
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try bulb grease on contact ends
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Bulb grease???

Babblefish couldn't translate that one.
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Try cleaning the contacts where the bulb joins the socket attached to the car. Next apply some grease to the contact blades on the bulb, this should prevent rusting of the metal contacts.

At the same time you can inspect the wires to see if they are brittle - if so replace

People from the Wirral generally talk back to front

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Bulb grease???

Babblefish couldn't translate that one.
Dielectric grease.

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Your relay may also be going bad.
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Your relay may also be going bad.
Isn't the headlight relay in the relay board inside the car though? If so, smacking the headlights themselves wouldn't jar the relay and make it work again. AFAIK, the only relay that would be jarred or jiggled by smacking the headlights is the headlight motor relay.

I've been wrong often before though.

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The current for the head lights does not go through the relay on the headlight motor.

There is a relay in the fuse box for the low/high beams that is opperated by the latching switch inside the steering column lever assembly.

Since you are hitting the front of the car and not the steering column or the fuse/relay box I would check the grounds to the chassis behind each headlight and all of the flexing wires from the chassis to the headlights including the plugs on the headlights.
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I second for grounds or loose wire...

the "smack-it" test is usually good for that.
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There is the relay for the light motor. I had the same problem with my old car.
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yea there is another relay on the side of the headlight motor. there is also a 3 wire connector that you might want to check for corrosion.
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There is the relay for the light motor. I had the same problem with my old car.
That relay only controls the motor. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether the lights turn on or not. If that relay fails, the lights still turn on, they just don't get rotated into a useful position.

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